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Suicide prevention class

Jul 14, 2015



Suicide Prevention

Suicide PreventionKelsey CramerQUIZDesigned by Dr. John McIntosh of IUSB for research

Consider it a test for yourself to see perhaps what myths you have believed and facts you have rejectedbelieving only and all truths is important to prevention!

Quiz ResultsFalse TrueTrueFalseQuiz Results5. True6. True7. True8. TrueQuiz Results9. False10. False11. False12. False

Quiz Results13. False14. False15. False16. UnsureQuiz Results17. False18. True19. FalseQuiz ResultsFalseFalseFalseFalseTrueQuiz Results6. False7. False8. False9. True10. FalseQuiz Results11. False12. False13. True14. False15. FalseAssessing Suicide Risk & Warning SignsDirect Verbal Warning


Past AttemptsAssessing Suicide RiskIndirect Statements and Behavioral Signs

DepressionAssessing Suicide RiskHopelessness


Clinical SyndromesAssessing Suicide RiskSex


RaceAssessing Suicide RiskLiving Alone


UnemploymentAssessing Suicide RiskHealth Status


Rigid ThinkingAssessing Suicide RiskStressful Events

Release from Hospitalization

Lack of Sense of BelongingReducing the Risk In general, reducing the risk of suicide has commonalities for each risk factor. Just keep in mind that most all suicides can be prevented! Intervening means saving lives. Reducing the Risk Assess for risk/remain alert to potential risk.

Arrange an environment that will not offer easy access to the instruments the person might use to kill their self.

Create an actively supportive environment.

Reducing the Risk While not denying or minimizing their problems and desire to die, also recognize and work with their strengths and (though temporarily faint) desire to live.

Make every effort to communicate and justify realistic hope. Reducing the Risk Explore any fantasies the client may have regarding suicide. Be open to talk about suicide.

Make sure communications are clear and evaluate the probable impact of any interventions.

Reducing the Risk When considering hospitalization as an option, explore the drawbacks as fully as the benefits. Be sensitive to negative reactions to the behavior of the person.

Most importantly, communicate CARING. Quick Review of Your ResponseRemain calm, do not act shocked. If the person is in immediate need, get help! (Call 911!)Do not handle the situation by yourself.Be an attentive listener.Comfort with words of encouragement.Let them know you are deeply concerned.Your ResponseIf the person is at high risk, do not leave them alone.Talk openly about suicide.Do not be judgmental and be sensitive with your words. Consider helping make an appointment with a medical doctor and a therapist.Make sure they receive professional help. Follow up with them often and never agree to keep his or her suicidal intentions a secret. For Immediate HelpThere are several programs in this area that focus on counseling the suicidal listed on the next slide in your packet with addresses and phone numbersand there are also several 24 hour suicide hotlines. Where to GoSuicide Prevention Coalition in Elkhart, [email protected] 523-2119

Survivors of Suicide Center for Hospice and Palliative Care Life Transitions Center 215 Red Coach DriveMishawaka, IN 46545 Contact: Monica Eblen, M.S., L.M.H.C. (574) 243-3100 or 574-255-1064 [email protected]

Visit for local therapists who can help.For Immediate Help CALL:Suicidal?Need Help Now?Call 911or1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-784-2433or1-800-273-TALK 1-800-273-8255orText Telephone:1-800-799-4TTY1-800-799-4889

Military VeteransSuicide Hotline:1-800-273-TALK(Press 1)

Suicide Hotlinein Spanish:1-800-273-TALK(Press 2)LGBT YouthSuicide Hotline:1-866-4-U-TREVOR

Cited Information:Caruso, Kevin. (various selections). Online.McIntosh, John. Suicide Quiz. South Bend, IN. IUSB. Print. Pope, Kenneth S., and Melba Jean Trinidad. Vasquez. "17."Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2007. Print.

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